Youth Peer Support Specialist - YERE Team
Additional Information About the Role
- Working with the Child and Youth clients one on one
- Providing mentorship and support
- Helping clients to learn skills to be successful even with a mental health diagnosis
- Using their lived experience to help the child/youth understand and learn about dealing with a mental illness
- North County - Pagedale Office Location
- MUST have an ACTIVE Missouri Certified Peer Support Specialist Certification
BJC Behavioral Health is a community health center that provides and coordinates behavioral health services for more than 8,000 seriously mentally ill adults and seriously emotionally disturbed children in St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Fran�ois, Iron and Washington counties. As an Administrative Agent of the Missouri Department of Mental Health (DMH), BJC Behavioral Health serves as a major point of entry for people eligible for mental health services funded by DMH and is responsible for serving as gatekeeper to the public mental health system.
Share lived experiences of recovery, sharing and supporting the use of recovery tools, and modeling successful recovery behaviors to help individuals with mental illness recognize their capacity for resilience. This is done by helping individuals who have mental illnesses and substance use disorders develop a network for information and support and to develop a sense of belonging with their communities at large. Peer support activities assist in achieving goals and objectives set forth by the individual in their individualized treatment or recovery plan, and emphasize the opportunity for individuals to support each other as they move forward in their recovery.
ResponsibilitiesStart and sustain mutual support groupsPromote dialogues on recovery and resilience.Teach and model symptom management skills.Teach and model problem-solving skills.Focus of duties for the different areas served :?Rehab (CTT) Teams ? Help individuals identify what will help improve their quality of life and then identify goals and barriers to achieving a better quality of life. As member of the treatment team, peer support specialists have identified interventions on the treatment plan as other team members do.?Integrated Dual Diagnosis Treatment (IDDT) ? Focus is on recovery from both mental illness and substance use. Peer Support Specialist should have had experience with addictions, either personal or family and be familiar with ways to maintain sobriety?Transitional Age Youth ? Activities are focused on skill young adults (16 to 25) need to be independent in the community, with special attention to those skills that will impact young adults most if not attended to. Must have had similar experiences and be close enough in age to be able to engage young adults.?Homeless ? Activities are focused on acquiring and maintaining safe affordable housing. Must have experienced homelessness at some point in life and have been successfully housed for the last two years.
EducationHigh School Diploma or GED
Licenses & CertificationsCertified Missouri Peer SpecValid Driver's License